A CORWEN student who juggles being her mum and dad’s full-time carer with her work as a care practitioner is celebrating academic success.
Samantha Bowler, 22, who works at the Bodlondeb care home, in Wrexham, found time to pass her Level 3 diploma in health and social care.
At home she cares for her dad, Bob, who suffered a fall at work more than a year ago and is awaiting a second operation on a severe leg injury which has left him barely able to walk, and her profoundly deaf mum, Eirlys.
Samantha somehow managed to fit in her studies and pass her apprenticeship.
The training was provided by Wrexham-based Smartcare Teaching Care Centre, part of the Pendine Park care organisation in partnership with the ACT training organisation.
Bob Bowler said: “Samantha has worked so hard and deserves a great deal of credit. I don’t think people realise the amount of work involved and she is always there to help her mum and me when we need her.
“I suffered a fall and badly damaged my ankle and leg. I did have an operation but it hasn’t been a success and I’m awaiting a second operation. As I can’t drive at the moment Samantha has to help by taking her mum and me shopping.
“She is always there when we need her and never lets us down. With Eirlys being profoundly deaf Samantha helps by taking her out for appointments and helps her understand what people are trying to say to her.
“She really is a fantastic daughter and we could not be more proud. I’m not sure how she fits it all in to be perfectly honest.”
Samantha, who works in Bodlondeb’s dementia and mental health care centre will enrol in a three year mental health course in the University of Chester in March.
Samantha said: “It has been tough but Julie Longmuir, as my Smartcare trainer and assessor, has always been there for me and helped me when I needed it.
“It will be difficult as I have to care for mum and dad too. But, hopefully, I will manage and find a way to juggle my time so my studies are not unduly affected.”
Samantha said she has always wanted to be a nurse since she was young but has been inspired to go into mental health by family members who suffer with it.
She added: “I am just happy my career is progressing. The Level 3 diploma has given me more so much more knowledge and confidence in my day to day caring role. I am determined to put into practice all the good things I have learnt through Smartcare Teaching Care Centre.”
Her trainer and accessor Julie said: “Samantha has found it tough but it’s not an easy diploma and of course she also works as a care practitioner alongside being a full-time carer to her mum and dad.
“She never moans and works exceptionally hard to achieve her goals. She really is dedicated and deserves full credit for all her efforts. She passed her Level 2 diploma last year so to now complete her level 3 diploma this year is excellent.”